This is the perfect soft Tofu Scramble recipe for your next breakfast or brunch. A hearty and satisfying vegan meal that is super close to real scrambled eggs! It is so easy to make and ready in minutes.
💡 The recipe in a nutshell
- Vegan (eggless and dairy free)
- Gluten free
- Beginner friendly recipe
- Traditional Home cooking made plant-based
- Super easy and quick to make
- Soft, hearty and satisfying
I've been cooking and eating tofu scramble for many years now. In fact, it was one of the first vegan recipes that I learned. Tofu scramble quickly became one of my favorites. If you are new to the vegan diet, I highly recommend you starting out with tofu scramble as one of your breakfast options. It is super easy and quick to make, delicious and very versatile!
Firm tofu, or medium tofu (drained): We want a silky-soft egg like texture, and firm tofu and medium tofu are both perfect for that! Tofu is a good source of protein and contains all nine essential amino acids. Additionally, it is a valuable plant-based source of iron, calcium, and the minerals manganese and phosphorous. It also contains nutrients like magnesium, copper, zinc, and vitamin B1.
Turmeric: Using turmeric is purely for color, not flavor, so you only need a teeny tiny bit. Turmeric - originally called Indian Saffron has been turning many things yellow for eons. In ancient India, it was used as a dye for clothing and threads for centuries. It is still a coloring agent in cheese, butter, and other foods nowadays.
Nut butter: Eggs contain both protein and fat. Tofu has the protein, but to turn it into authentic scrambled eggs it still needs something to get that soft egg texture. I like to add white almond butter or peanut butter for that. White Almond Butter has a pretty neutral taste, but can hard to find in the US. As an alternative you could make it at home yourself, or use a different nut butter like peanut butter.
Water: Another secret to authentic Vegan Scrambled Eggs is adding a bit of moisture! If you don’t add a bit of water, your Tofu Scramble will end up looking like a dry pile of raisin-shaped crumbles. We want that soft, silky egg texture, so that’s why this recipe mixes nut butter and water before adding to the tofu scramble.
What if I can't eat nuts? If you can not eat nuts, because of nut allergy you could leave out the nut butter entirely. I'd recommend adding 4 tablespoons of water (60ml), instead of 2 tablespoons though.
Black Salt, also known as Kala Namak is an Indian Salt, that has a sulfuric component to it. Which is making the tofu scramble taste like real eggs! By the way, Black salts' alkaline properties help reduce excess acid in the stomach. While its high mineral content lessens the damage caused by acid reflux. Black salt helps improve digestion and also eases intestinal gas. It loses flavor with heat though, so only add it to your Scramble at the end of cooking!
Soft Tofu Scramble Recipe
- tofu press, skillet, whisk
- 16 oz medium, or firm tofu (545g)
- 2 tablespoon water, filtered (30ml)
- 1 tablespoon nut butter eg: white almond, or peanut butter (15ml)
- ¼ teaspoon turmeric (use max. ½ tsp)
- ½ teaspoon black salt (kala namak)
- ½ tablespoon oilve oil sub: vegetable broth for oil-free version
- nutritional yeast, onion and garlic powder to taste
- vegetables of choice, such as cherry tomatoes, green onion, mushrooms, zucchini, carrot or onion
- Preparation, the night beofre: Take the tofu out of its package and drain it. Place tofu in your tofu press overnight. Or cover with kitchen towels and place weight (such as books) onto the tofu.
- Cooking: Gather your ingredients. Drain excess water out of tofu press. Then crumble tofu into small pieces, either by hand or with a fork in a bowl. Heat oil (or broth for oil free version) in a skillet. Once hot fry crumbled tofu with turmeric for 3-5 minutes.
- While the tofu is frying, mix water and nut butter with a whisk until creamy. Add nut butter mix to tofu. Bring to a boil, then stir. Season as wished to taste. Add Kala Namak (black salt) at the end. Serve hot and enjoy!
- Variations: Add freshly cut tomatoes, herbs, green onion or other vegetables you like to your tofu scramble. Some vegetables can be added at the end, and other vegetables should be added at the beginning of the cooking process.
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